VIDEO: Public to get the chance to tour ‘unique’ historical site

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People will next weekend have the opportunity to look around one of the county’s prime historical sites, which has recently been allocated millions of pounds in lottery funding.

Chester Farm, near Wellingborough, contains a wealth of archaeological material from thousands of years of human habitation.

Jennifer Sherrey is the Chester Farm project manager

Jennifer Sherrey is the Chester Farm project manager

The 34-hectare Northamptonshire County Council-owned site is inviting people on tours on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.

The long-term plan for the site is for it to become a nationally – or even internationally – recognised centre of historical and archaeological interest, with everyone from specialists to beginners being welcomed, said Cllr Heather Smith, county council portfolio holder for heritage.

In July, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Chester Farm £3.97m to help finance the project. Councillors will also decide next week on other funding options for the site, which was devastated by a huge fire in 2010.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to take in a unique site with a huge span of history,” said Jennifer Sherrey, the project manager.

“It’s encouraging people to come and get involved and finding out about the place.”

To sign up for an open day tour, you can visit the county council’s website by clicking here.